Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Let's here it for the vigilantes!

Okay, not a vigilante, but a concerned citizen coming to the defense of another citizen in duress. I mentioned in a previous post that people in Central Florida increasingly feel the need to defend themselves and others because the police can't do it. Here's another example, as detailed by the Orlando Sentinel:

Police have identified the robber who was shot and killed by a good Samaritan Monday night, after he beat a female store clerk with a bottle at an Ocoee gas station.

Freddie Carson, 40, of Orlando was shot by a customer at the Kangaroo Gas Station at 400 Franklin Street in Ocoee, police said. The customer has been identified as a man named Christopher, but authorities have not released his last name.

Records show that sometime before 10:50 p.m., Christopher was parked in his SUV outside the Kangaroo Gas Station at 400 Franklin Street.

At some point, he heard the store clerk, 39-year-old Marina Rodriguez, screaming in the gas station's convenience store.

"All I heard was the woman screaming, 'Help! Help! Help!' " Christopher said.

The witness ran out of his car and into the store. He saw the suspect beating a female clerk with a bottle. The witness ran back into his car, grabbed his handgun and returned to the store. He fired at least two shots, killing the suspect.
It's not even necessary to read the comments on this story - mostly they will be from people cheering the result. Elsewhere I've heard that Freddie Carson had a long criminal record, but that isn't reflected in this story. Welcome to the Dodge City of the Twenty-First Century. Don't forget to buy a souvenir t-shirt on your way out of town.

PREDICTION: The Good Samaritan will be sued into the poor house by the dead man's family.

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